Arlington Park Square 8

1111 West Arbrook Boulevard,
Arlington, TX 76015

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Opened in 1980 by GCC with eight screens, seating a little over 1800. The front of the building was a red brick with squared white columns along the front of the theatre with a large portico over it. The front over the box office came to a point and had the GCC emblem on it and two attractions panels flat against the building on each side.

A square box office in the middle with entrance doors on each side led to a large lobby. The concession area was on the left when you enter. Most of the lobby floor was in a red squared ceramic tile and the carpeted area was in a green/blue carpet. I think that AMC operated the theatre when GCC went out of business. The theatre closed in 2000.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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dscheifler on February 5, 2005 at 10:04 am

General Cinema’s Arlington Park Square 8 opened January 12, 1985, welcomed by several inches of snowfall! It was one of the first Cambridge Seven Associates architectural designs. It was also a one-of-a-kind floorplan, because GCC was reportedly sued for using a floorplan too similar to a copyrighted blueprint. The lobby and auditorium halls were in a V shape, allowing a manager to stand at the front doors near the box office, and be able to view all auditorium entrances, concession stand, and box office activity.

dscheifler on February 11, 2005 at 8:01 pm

A minor correction…I’m pretty darn sure the refreshment stand is/was directly behind the box office, in the center of the lobby…not to the left. Behind the refreshment stand is a hallway connecting the two wings of the V shape. The restrooms were centered behind the refreshment stand.

If this property is empty and available for lease, it could make a good dollar cinema or art house. I imagine the entire facility is still in pretty good repair.

BobWinchester on June 12, 2005 at 8:32 am

Theatre is now owned by the Arlington Independent School District and is a learning center of some sort.

dscheifler on October 31, 2005 at 2:18 pm

Thanks, Bob! (best supervisor I ever had, folks)

Is AMC paying out on GCC pensions? I figured some day I’d get enough to buy a cup of coffee each month.

Hope you are well!


BobWinchester on October 31, 2005 at 11:23 pm

Given your taste for Starbucks instead of A&P, I’m not sure you’d get enough for one cup a day….maybe one every 2.3879 days! And the answer to your question is “Yes”. Contact me sometime ().

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